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Wetterling killer sentenced to 20 years on child pornography charges

Plus: state exempts St. Paul school board from open-meetings rules; anti-Trump bike ride planned in Twin Cities; Best Buy’s turnaround; and more.

Danny Heinrich
Danny Heinrich

Heinrich gets 20 years. MPR’s Tim Nelson reports: “The confessed killer of Jacob Wetterling was sentenced Monday to 20 years in prison on a federal child pornography charge. … While the sentence for Danny Heinrich was as expected, the courtroom scene was gut-wrenching at times as Jacob’s family talked about how the 11-year-old’s abduction in 1989 and the nearly 30-year quest to find him ripped the fabric of their lives and the lives of the community around their St. Joseph, Minn., home.”

So much for your open meetings law, Minnesota. The Star Tribune’s James Eli Shiffer and Aaron Lavinsky write: “…[T]he state of Minnesota has given its blessing for the St. Paul school board to meet privately with trained facilitators — as well as school administrators and teachers union leaders. … Meetings about improving ‘trust, relationships, communication and collaborative problem solving’ do not violate the Open Meetings Law’s mandate that public business be conducted in public, according to a Nov. 4 opinion by Matthew Massman, the state administration commissioner.”

This’ll show him. WCCO reports: “Hundreds of bicyclists are expected to ride from Minneapolis to St. Paul in a protest over President-elect Donald Trump policies and ideas Monday afternoon. … According to event organizers for ‘Resist Trump Critical Mass,’ bicyclists will meet up at 5:30 p.m. at Loring Park. The ride will then begin at 6 p.m.”

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Good news about Best Buy. In Salon, Angelo Young and More Angelo Young. writes: “As American retailers gear up for the all-important annual Black Friday sales rush, one company stands out: Best Buy, a survivor of the ongoing culling of the fold that has sent so many retail chains, unable to rapidly adapt to changing consumer preferences and online shopping habits, to their demise. … Beset with plunging sales and profits in 2010 and a personal misconduct scandal that took down the company’s then CEO Brian Dunn in 2012, Best Buy seemed destined to become another casualty of the rapid and disruptive transformation of the retail industry. … But today, the 50-year-old company has rebounded under the direction of CEO Hubert Joly, who in just a few years has steered Best Buy from a bloated, cash-bleeding chain of disorganized stores into a lean, clean, profitable service-focused operation.

In other news…

This video is pretty captivating: “Hugo man took biggest hit at Sunday’s Vikings game.” [MPR]

Sounds like a really nice guy: “Herbivorous Butcher employee among hit-and-run victims after Minneapolis daycare hanging” [City Pages]

Still cleaning up from Friday: “Parts of Minnesota remain without power following winter storm” [West Central Tribune]

This is low: “Officers douse pipeline protesters in subfreezing weather” [Star Tribune]